On the bookshelf

Due to very generous friends, I am overflowing in Barnes & Noble gift cards.  Ya think they know I like to read?  My first foray into their shelves has yielded the following additions to my book pile, which continues to grow ever higher!

  • Orthodox Prayer Life by Matthew the Poor
  • Oil Painting for Dummies
  • The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted by Kathleen Lochen Staiger
  • Russian Punchneedle Embroidery by Gail Bird

The book on prayer is the first of many recommended to me by my spiritual big brother.  The oil painting books go with the oil paints, brushes and canvases given to me by a very special young man who befriended me the first semester of my college trek.  The punchneedle instruction book and transfers is something that looked intriguing that I would like to try out.  It seems to be a type of embroidery that looks simple by gives a rich tapestry of color once done.

It will, no doubt, be some time until I try this new stitch work because I am just finishing up the second of three baby blankets.  It will also be helpful if I buy the needle too!

I’ve also treated myself to something that I would never have bought on my own…a Kindle2.  While it will never replace the ‘real thing,’ I can say that I already really like it.  It is light weight, thus easy to hold.  Easy to manuever.  It also has a basic web browser.  This little unit will be handly when the hubster and I go on our anniversary trip because I’ll be able to take along half a dozen books to read, as well as be able to read all my favorite blogs!

The Kindle2 arrived at just the right time.  Now the hubster can get his favorite books to read while he is recovering from his ankle surgery.  I downloaded The Lord of the Rings trilogy for $14.  I think that’s pretty good.  It is nice that this gift is something we can share.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    May 31, 2009 @ 19:16:12

    I did some Russian punchneedle embroidery about twenty years ago. You will love it! Just make sure to have your fabric stretched very tightly over your embroidery ring.

  2. Ian
    May 30, 2009 @ 03:31:07

    Wonderful indeed.
    Looking forward to seeing your artistic skills on display here soon with oil paints. 🙂

    And as a Kindle doubter, your praise may shift me.

  3. elizabeth
    May 29, 2009 @ 09:53:27

    That’s lovely!

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